Category Archives: Home Economics

Clothes dryer

I really find it funny how the marketing folks at appliance companies think. I am seeing now “eco” branding appearing on clothes dryers, both gas and electric. How absurd. These contrivances can neither be ecological nor economic. Unless you live … Continue reading

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What I Mean About Worthwhile Grains

For honest reasons, I suspect, many homesteader type folks like to grow grains. This desire dovetails with the “prepper” mindset as well. And I’ve struggled with it. But we must allow our rational side inform us here, at least partly. … Continue reading

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Pear Pickin’

Perhaps the only good idea the previous owners of our farm had was to plant five pear trees, which we think are Bartletts, the kind found at Tractor Supply/Homedepot for $20 each. Pears seem to me to be even hardier … Continue reading

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Splittin’ Wood

We partially heat our home with wood, which we burn in a non-Catalytic EPA-rated woodstove. It claims to put out about 50,000 BTUs. Let’s just say it produces enough heat to warm our ~2000 SQFT 150+ year old brick farmhouse … Continue reading

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Seasonal eating

Lately there has been a great deal of interest in local and seasonal eating. Unfortunately, most of this enthusiasm really doesn’t go too far, as our society’s patterns of eating are so thoroughly conformed to a completely non-seasonal pattern of … Continue reading

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Revenge of the Killer Cucurbits

So the killer Sibley squash that I wrote about earlier have borne fruit. And this is the problem with winter squash: it so perfectly contains itself and bears so abundantly (if you give it what it needs) that you end … Continue reading

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Indian Corn Heap Big Lie

Sometimes, when something is hyped, and you buy into the idea, when he reality of its failure sets in, you can either pretend it ain’t so and quietly go along with the lie, or you can expose it thus revealing … Continue reading

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